On October 17, the National Organizations for Youth Safety (NOYS) will be hosting the 2011 Distracted Driving Summit. The Summit will be held in Washington D.C. and is funded through a grant from AT&T.
NOYS is a firm believer that teen-led and teen-informed programs are an effective way to raise awareness, educate drivers and prevent distracted driving-related teen car accidents in New York and elsewhere. The Organization uses its resources to empower, convene and train youth leaders to effectively address distracted driving among teen drivers.
NOYS reports that there were roughly 3,000 teens aged 15 to 19 that were killed in traffic accidents in the U.S. in 2009. The Organization estimates that another 350,000 individuals in this age group were injured in these types of incidents. While the deadliest months for teen car accidents (May through August) are over, parents, teachers and guardians are urged to refresh teen driving habits and skills as teens head to back campus to refresh their academic knowledge for the new school year.
Our New York car accident attorneys understand that car accidents are the number one cause of death for teens in the United States. The main reason for these fatal accidents is that these young drivers have much less driving experience than adult drivers.
For this reason, parents are urged to keep safe driving habits as a frequent topic of conversation. Parents are some of the most influential people in a young driver's experience behind the wheel. Even though this young age group only represents less than 15 percent of the population in the U.S., fatal accident involving these individuals account for roughly 30 percent of the total costs for traffic accidents. These accidents cost the U.S. nearly $30 billion every single year.
The 2011 Teen Distracted Driving Summit will consist of the following:
- Presentations from key national leaders from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and from the U.S. Department of Transportation.
- The announcement of the new NOYS Teen Distracted Driving Prevention Team (TDDPT) for the 2011-2012 year. This Team consists of 40 youth leaders and 10 advisers.
- There will be TDDPT training workshops, which will be conducted by some of the top traffic safety experts.
- Organizations and companies will be offered an opportunity to showcase products, programs and other resources that address distracted driving among teenage drivers.
Teens make up the age group that is most likely to be involved in a distracted driving-related car accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were nearly 200 teenagers killed in traffic accidents in New York that reported the involvement of a teen driver.
We can all do our part to help reduce the risks of these types of accidents by talking to the teens in our lives and helping them to understand the dangers of distracted driving and the importance of safe driving habits.
If you or your teen driver has been injured in a car accident in New York City or in any of the surrounding areas, contact the car accident attorneys at Ronai & Ronai, LLP. For a free appointment to discuss your rights, call 1-800-664-7111 today.
More Blog Entries:
Federalizing a GDL Law Could Mean Reducing Teen Car Accidents in New York, New York Injury Lawyer Blawg, August 25, 2011
State to State Teen Safety Plan Aimed to Reduce the Risk of Young Driver Accidents in New York City, Nationwide, New York Injury Lawyer Blawg, August 5, 2011